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Security in Dwellings: Approved Document Q

What is Approved Document Q?

New Dwellings:

Approved Document Q is a Standard for the security of doors and windows in New Dwellings, which came into force in October 2015.

Document Q is part of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2015 which details the standards required for Doors and Windows to resist physical attack by a Burglar.

Document Q applies only to New Dwellings and includes standards to ensure both doors and windows are of a sufficiently robust design, use appropriate hardware and make reasonable provision to resist unauthorised access to any New Dwelling from the ground floor, basement or within two metres of a flat surface (such as a flat roof or access balcony).

Doors and windows installed in these locations in New Dwellings must be compliant with the requirements of Document Q and classified as a SECURE DOOR SET or a SECURE WINDOW.

Extensions to an Existing dwelling:

Document Q Standards are not applicable to the doors and windows in an extension to an existing dwelling.

Change of Use of a Dwelling

If the Building or part of the building undergoes a “Material change of Use.”

“Material change of Use” could be scenarios like conversion of a barn or garage into a dwelling or rooms, OR where the renovations to a property are so extensive Building Control could consider effectively it is a New Dwelling.

Document Q standards may be a requirement so seek advice from Planning and Building Control.

Replacement Doors and Windows into an existing dwelling

Document Q Standards are not applicable to any doors and windows being “replaced” in an existing dwelling.

Can Vufold supply doors and windows which are compliant with the requirements of Document Q?

YES, The Vufold SUPREME Aluminium Bi-Fold doors, French doors and window ranges can be supplied as SECURE DOORSETS and SECURE WINDOWS as defined by Document Q, having undertaken and passed testing, by a UKAS accredited test house, to PAS 24:2012- Enhanced Security Performance requirements for door sets and windows in the UK.

The Vufold ULTRA aluminium clad (alu-clad) window range are also supplied as SECURE WINDOWS, as they also have undertaken and passed testing, by a UKAS accredited Test House, to PAS 24:2012- Enhanced Security Performance requirements for door sets and windows in the UK.

How do Vufold Document Q compliant SUPREME Bi-Fold door sets, French doors and windows and the ULTRA aluminium clad (alu-clad) windows differ from the Non-Document Q range?

The basic specification and hardware including the locks, are the same for both the Document Q compliant and Non-Document Q compliant, SUPREME Bi-Fold doors and windows and ULTRA aluminium clad (alu-clad) windows.

The only difference in the Vufold Ranges, being that all the Document Q compliant doors and windows have to have one pane of LAMINATED Glass 6.8mm Thickness to P1A standard, as part of the double or triple glazed unit, whereas the Non-document Q compliant ones do not.